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COVID Resources

Looking for resources about job opportunities, housing rights, SBA Loan Assistance, social service supports and more? The information below includes federal, state and local resources available to individuals and businesses in Travis County.

Be sure to check back often as more resources are identified and uploaded to this page. You will also find these resources broken down by category on each of the dashboards.

Did we miss a resource? Let us know by emailing the Economic Recovery Development Team by clicking the link on the right hand side of the page.


Current Resources

Category Resource Description PhoneNumber
Economy The Real Economy Blog from RSM US LLP As coronavirus spreads, pain goes beyond the hospitality and travel industries
Economy Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Articles and analysis about COVID-19 impacts to the economy
Economy Federal Reserve COVID-19 adjustments and resources spanning business and real estate resources
Businesses City of Hutto City of Hutto Economic Development
Businesses Austin Economic Injury Bridge Loan Program Application Open: April 22, 2020 - May 8, 2020 The Austin Economic Injury Bridge Loan Program provides loans up to $35,000 for daily needs like rent, payroll, and debt. Eligible local businesses must be able to demonstrate an economic loss associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic. The loan is intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business secures recovery resources. The Austin Economic Injury Bridge Loan Program terms require payment of loan dollars up to 12 months at 3.75%.
Businesses Pflugerville Pfund - A Small Business Emergency Grant Program The Pflugerville Pfund was established to help small businesses in Pflugerville that have been impacted by COVID-19. In response to the adverse economic impacts of this pandemic, the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, Pflugerville Economic Development Foundation, Recurrent Energy and Montoya & Monzingo, LLP Certified Public Accountants to develop the Pflugerville Pfund, a small business emergency grant fund. The Pflugerville Pfund provides grants up to $5,000 for businesses that have been significantly impacted by this pandemic.
Businesses U.S. Small Business Administration Local Assistance. The SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.
Businesses U.S. Small Business Administration SBA Debt Relief. The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses Texas Workforce Commsission Skills Development Fund The Texas Workforce Commission's Skills Development Fund (SDF) can help you adapt to this new working environment. SDF is launching a new upskilling training initiative to assist businesses across Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses State of Texas Office of the Governor Texas Economic Development Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Businesses Workforce Solutions Captial Area Webinar Workforce Solutions Capital Area hosted with TWC Commissioner Demerson, the commissioner representing employers. He and some of his employment law attorneys answered employer questions.
Businesses Workforce Solutions Captial Area Resources for employers affected by COVID-19
Businesses Paycheck Protection Program Please note this program is currently out of funding. We will remove this note when funding is available again. This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.
Businesses EIDL Loan Advance Program This program is currently out of funding. We will update this note when funding is available. This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
Businesses SBA Express Bridge Loans Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
Businesses SBA Debt Relief The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Helpful informaton to help navigate the SBA programs. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster-damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.
Businesses Texas Workforce Commission Texas Workforce Commission: Q&A for employers.
Businesses Austin Chamber of Commerce Federal, state, and local governments have all issued guidance on which types of businesses are allowed to stay open at this time.
Businesses Austin Chamber of Commerce The City of Austin and Travis County have extended "Stay Home - Work Safe" orders until May 8 and have mandated individuals over the age of 10 wear fabric face coverings when conducting essential work or activities.
Businesses City of Austin Information for Businesses and Industries: Stay Home – Work Safe Order
Employment Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area JOBS NOW! Search for immediate job openings in Capital Area region outside of Travis County on Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Jobs Now page. Updated daily.
Employment Workforce Solutions Captial Area JOBS NOW! Search for immediate job openings in Austin/Travis County on the Workforce Solutions Capital Area Jobs Now page. Updated daily.
Employment Workforce Solutions Captial Area Workforce Solutions Capital Area has a comprehensive page with resources for job seekers and employers including essential workers child care
Employment Austin Chamber Austin job opportunities, list of companies looking for roles to be filled.
Housing Austin Tenants Council If you rent in Austin, delivery of notices to vacate are prohibited until after May 8. If you receive a notice to vacate, call office and/or make official report at 311. (512) 474-7006
Housing City of Austin A variety of housing resources are located on this page. The Austin City Council approved a new measure to delay evictions starting April 1 and give tenants an additional 60 days to pay rent before landlords can post notices to vacate. (512) 474-1961
Housing City of Austin The Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program assists low-income families to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency by providing rental subsidies and case management support services. (512) 477-1314
Housing City of Austin Advocacy Outreach administers state grant funding to help the homeless pay for moving expenses or security deposits. Other financial aid, loans, or grants may be issued for rent or energy bills. For more information visit any of the organizations listed below: Catholic Charities of Central Texas (512) 651-6100 St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (512) 345-8314 St. Vincent de Paul, St. Austin's Catholic Church (512) 477-9471 Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, Inc. (ARCH) (512) 305-4100 Travis County Family Support Services Division (512) 267-3245 Austin Texas Health and Human Services Department (HHSD) (512)-972-5011
Housing City of Austin Tenant Stabilization Services Solicitation Deadline Extended to May 1, 2020 for area nonprofits to apply for $750,000 over three years to develop Tenant Stabilization Services, such as rental assistance and eviction prevention, for Austinites at risk of displacement due to rising housing costs. (512) 974-3188
Housing City of Austin RENT (Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants) To help Austinites at risk of losing their rental housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Austin has put together a one-time Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) rent assistance program lottery.
Housing National Low Income Housing Coalition The CARES Act provides a temporary moratorium on evictions for most residents of federally subsidized apartments, including those supported by HUD, USDA or Treasury (Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments) as well a moratorium on filings for evictions for renters in homes covered by federally-backed (FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac) mortgages for 120 days after enactment. NLIHC has created a searchable database and map of multifamily properties covered under the federal moratoriums to help renters know if they are protected. While the database is not yet exhaustive of all covered properties, NLIHC will continue to update it as new data become available.
Housing HUD Office of Inspector General COVID-19 OIG Bulletin For Homeowners April 2020 Table that outlines guidance that FHA has provided for borrowers and servicers to implement the forbearance provisions of the CARES Act.
Housing Texas Workforce Commission Housing Discrimination Assistance
Housing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development COVID-19 Resources for HUD programs including moratoriums on foreclosure and eviction.
Housing Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs COVID-19 Housing Resources
Child Care Texas Health and Human Services Child Care Provider Survey for Operations Impacted by COVID-19 (877) 570-9779
Child Care Austin-Travis County COVID-19 Child Care Task Force Information on child care options for Texas' frontline workers fighting to stop the spread of COVID-19. The site lays out how essential workers can see how if they are eligible for childcare financial assistance.
Child Care Workforce Solutions Captial Area COVID-19 Resources for Child Care
Social Services Workforce Solutions Captial Area COVID-19 Resources for Youth
Social Services Travis County COVID-19 Information
Social Services ACC Center for Nonprofit Studies COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits
Social Services Baylor, Scott, & White Health Drive-through coronavirus testing location open. After taking an online questionnaire, patients are allowed to be tested at the North Burnet Baylor, Scott, & White Health clinic.
Social Services Austin Chamber COVID-19 School Meal Service, list of districts, schedule and contact information
Social Services Travis County Family Support Services: Utility Assistance, Rent and Mortgage Assistance, Home Repair/Weatherization Referrals, Licensed Social Work and Case Management Services, Burial services (Palm Square only) Food pantry Clothes closet (Del Valle, Manor, Oak Hill, Palm Square, Pflugerville, and Post Road) Bread donation program (Jonestown, Oak Hill, and Pflugerville) Senior lunch program by Meals on Wheels (Del Valle, Jonestown, Manor, Oak Hill, and Pflugerville) Online application site for SNAP, Medicaid, CHIP, with TxHHSC Community Partner Program (512) 854-4100
Social Services City of Austin Services for Uninsured, Central Health-funded CommUnityCare Offering Medical Appointments Over the Phone to Protect Safety of Patients, Staff, and Community (512) 978-9015
Social Services City of Austin Face Covering Information
Social Services City of Austin Stay Home Order Information
Social Services City of Austin City of Austin Utility Bill Relief, Emergency Measures in Response to COVID-19 (512) 494-9400
Social Services Texas Gas Service COVID-19 Payment Options (800) 700-2443
Social Services Office of The Texas Governor: Greg Abbott Governor Abbott, DPS Waive Expiration Dates for Driver Licenses. This suspension will be in effect until 60 days after the DPS provides further public notice that normal Driver License operations have resumed.
Social Services City of Austin Hotline #: 512-978-8775 Central Health-funded CommUnityCare Health Centers launched a hotline staffed with medical professionals to triage uninsured Travis County residents experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms (COVID-19). (512) 978-8775
Social Services City of Austin Austin Public Health has launched the Austin Public Testing Enrollment Form for COVID-19 testing services. The new public testing form will allow people to take an assessment to determine eligibility and schedule testing without a referral from a health care provider. To access the form, click on the “Take Self-Assessment" button to create an account and complete a questionnaire. The form will use an algorithm based assessment to evaluate whether or not an individual should be referred to a free testing site.
Social Services Central Texas Food Bank Listing of locations to access food
Social Services Meals on Wheels Central Texas Information on MOWCT programs in response to COVID-19 including access to meals for seniors
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Diana Ramirez
Director,
Economic Development
& Strategic Investments

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